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EREDIVISIE TEAM OF THE WEEK – Star man Berghuis can’t stop scoring

Welcome to Total Dutch Football’s Team of the Week which leads into our 2020/21 Eredivisie Player of the Season Tournament.

Each player that is selected for the Team of the Week receives a point and the Player of the Week receives two more points. We count these up over the season and then award the player with the most points as the Player of the Season.

Read on to see who has been awarded the points for this week.

GOALKEEPER: Yven Mvogo (PSV)

After a few shaky weeks, the Swiss stopper showed the Eindhoven faithful what he is made of – keeping a clean sheet pulling off five quality saves at home to Fortuna Sittard.

DEFENDER: Glenn Bijl (FC Emmen)

The full-back won eight of nine challenges with four interceptions and a pair of clearances. Played his part in his side’s equalising goal against highflying FC Twente.

DEFENDER: Ko Itakura (FC Groningen)

The Japanese defender did not give the Ajax attack a kick winning 100% of challenges and six clearances.

DEFENDER: Riechedly Bazoer (Vitesse)

Bazoer is excelling in his new central defensive role nailing 90 out of 96 passes in the win over Heracles. This included an accurate 18 out of 19 long balls, one which helped his sides notch a goal.

DEFENDER: Ridgeciano Haps (Feyenoord)

The 27-year-old left-back scored a goal in Feye’s 4-1 win away to Willem II and was an attacking threat throughout performing with three out of three successful dribbles.

MIDFIELDER: Oussama Tannane (Vitesse)

The Heracles man punished his old side with the winning goal in the 3-0 win and was a menace throughout linking up well with Oussama Darfalou and Luis Openda.

MIDFIELDER: Joao Teixeira (Feyenoord)

Dick Advocaat’s Portuguese import has settled in no problem in Rotterdam grabbing two assists in the weekend’s win over Willem II.

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One to watch – Jesper Karlsson of AZ Alkmaar

MIDFIELDER: Jesper Karlsson (AZ Alkmaar)

The Swedish debutant made his mark notching two assists before his side’s 4-0 collapse to draw at Sparta Rotterdam. He’s certainly going to one to watch.

FORWARD: Oussama Darlafou (Vitesse)

One goal and one assist for the Algerian which looks to have a new lease of life under Thomas Letsch and linking up well with Oussama Tannane and Luis Openda.

FORWARD: Zakaria Aboukhlal (AZ Alkmaar)

The 20-year-old winger grabbed his first senior goals in the unreal 4-4 draw away to Sparta. Notching twice set his team up to a coasting win before the horrendous collapse – the youngster hardly put a foot wrong.

FORWARD: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Another two goals to the tally for the former Watford man. Three out of three for dribbles. Landed 55 out of 66 passing attempts and even managed to win five tackles. Steven grabs his first player of the week award of the new season – probably won’t be his last.

See the full standings table for the tournament at this link.

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Eredivisie Week 4 Report: AZ’s four-nil f*ck up, Ajax fall as Feye and PSV stroll

Yet another exciting weekend has been and gone in the Eredivisie and Will Burns is here describing all the action.

  • Ajax fall to shock defeat in Groningen
  • Amazingly AZ loses a 4-0 lead away to Sparta Rotterdam
  • Feyenoord fire four past Willem II to top the table
  • RKC and PEC Zwolle game on Saturday suffers COVID-19 postponement
Heerenveen komt goed weg met gelijkspel bij Utrecht | NOS
Henk Veermen and Heerenveen celebrate the opening goal of the weekend.

FC Utrecht and sc Heerenveen played out a 1-1 draw on Friday night with Johnny Jansen’s men taking the lead after just four minutes. Big Henk Veerman got of a Rodney Kongolo through ball and powered a finish home past Maarten Paes in the home goal.

However, it was tied up just before half-time after Leeds United target Gyrano Kerk hit a low drive from the edge of the box which was powerful enough to beat Heerenveen keeper Erwin Mulder. Despite, both sides having efforts in the second half, the game finished all square which sent Jansen’s side top of the Eredivisie table on 10 points from the four rounds of games.

On Saturday, RKC were due to host PEC Zwolle but unfortunately the game was the first in the 2020/21 Eredivisie season to be postponed due to COVID-19 issues. Four RKC players and two staff members tested positive for the virus on Friday and eight players were forced to quarantine. The Waalwijk side confirmed that the decision to cancel the match was made following conversations between the KNVB’s doctor, the RKC club doctor and the Dutch public health service.

Heracles Almelo lijdt kansloze nederlaag bij Vitesse - RTV Oost
Ousamma Tannane scored against his old club Heracles in Vitesse’s 3-0 win.

Vitesse racked up their third win in four games under Thomas Letsch at home to Heracles with an comfortable 3-0 victory. The German was pleased to see his side go in for the halftime break two goals to the good thanks to Luis Openda and Oussama Darfalou.

The Belgian Openda took advantage of a tight offside ruling to slot home a slick pass from Matus Bero on 34 minutes and the lead was doubled three minutes later. Oussama Tannane, Openda and Darfalour linked up well for the latter to tap home from close range.

The game was wrapped up just after the hour mark through Tannane against his old club. The goal was created from a fantastic long ball from Riechedly Bazoer, sitting in his new position at centre-back. Bazoer’s ball was nodded on by Darfalou into Tannane’s path for the midfielder to drive it home. A great win for Vitesse, however Frank Wormuth’s Heracles have now suffered two heavy defeats away from home, after experiencing a 4-0 defeat in Tilburg to Willem II on week two.

ADO Den Haag clinched their first victory of the campaign away to VVV-Venlo with a late winner in game which featured a crazy first five minutes. VAR awarded a handball decision on VVV’s Roy Gelmi which was unfortunate for the defender under this new ruling. Gelmi’s hand was coming down after jumping for a header and it collided with the ball for a spot-kick.

Shaquille Pinas sent the keeper the wrong way but the visitors would not be celebrating for long as Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis levelled the score up two minutes later. This was his fourth goal of the season and his first since scoring a hat-trick on his side’s opening fixture.

However it would be the side from Den Haag that would grab the win with debutant David Philipp grabbing a 93rd minute goal to make it 2-1. Philipp, a loanee signing from Werder Bremen, was a 80 minute substitute and made an immediate impact finishing a flick on from Vicente Besuijen.

Ron Jans’ FC Twente had to settle for a point at home to FC Emmen but it started well with Vaclav Cerny finding himself on the scoresheet again. The Czech forward scored for the third game in a row on 48 minutes with a dubious goal. Ramiz Zerrouki robbed Emmen’s Simon Tibbling on the edge of his own half which looked like it could have been deemed a push. However, play continued and Cerny finished to make it 1-0.

On 65 minutes, Michael de Leeuw grabbed an equaliser which would prove to be the last goal of the game. Twente goalkeeper Joel Drommel parried a Glenn Bijl effort into De Leeuw’s path for a simple tap home. This result has Twente in sixth with Emmen in 15th place with just two points from four games so far.

Onmachtig Ajax loopt opnieuw schade op bij FC Groningen - FCUpdate.nl
Ajax put in an ugly performance to match their new away shirt in the early game on Sunday in Groningen.

On Sunday lunchtime, Ajax suffered their defeat away to FC Groningen in an empty Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion. The Amsterdammers were sporting their new horrendous away shirt (sorry I don’t like it). The shirt features pale grey and white diamonds and looks a mess, it resembles the USA national team away shirt in 1994 or the Manchester United shirt in 1997 which Alex Ferguson blamed for being humped 7-3 off Southampton.

The shirt certainly did not do Erik ten Hag’s team any favours in a drab forgettable game. After a poor first half, the hosts took the lead on 49 minutes through Remco Balk. Ajax keeper Andre Onana parried a shot from Jorgen Strand Larsen into Balk’s path to slot home.

The goal work Ajax up and they pressed for an equaliser but poor finishing and a lack of creativity meant only two of their 18 shots landed on target and on 74 minutes it could have been worse for the Amsterdammers had Ramon-Pascal Lundqvist not hit the outside of the post with his effort on the edge of the area.

The woodwork helped Groningen out shortly before full-time as Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Dusan Tadic smashed the crossbar consecutively in the area when it looked easier to score. Even with eight minutes of added time, Ajax failed to score a goal and Groningen celebrated a great win. Ajax boosted their attacking options by bringing Davy Klaassen home from Werder Bremen on Monday.

Feyenoord na ruime zege bij Willem II koploper Eredivisie | Voetbal |  Telegraaf.nl
Feyenoord’s Leroy Fer, Steven Berghuis and Joao Teixeira celebrate a great 4-1 win in Tilburg.

Feyenoord fared better away to Willem II smashing four past the Tilburgers on Saturday even though Adrie Koster’s men took the lead on 13 minutes. Who else but Vangelis Pavlidis who got the goal, unmarked the Greek striker sidefooted home an Sebastien Holmen corner.

Dick Advocaat’s men responded well and were level through Ridgeciano Haps on 22 minutes after new signing Joao Teixeira held up the ball well in the area before playing Haps in to finish. Just after the half-time oranges, Bryan Linssen scored his first goal for the club to make it 2-1 after Willem II’s defenders failed to clear the ball, the former Vitesse winger was on hand to push the ball past Robbin Ruiter.

Steven Berghuis scored his fourth and fifth of the season to round out the win on 56 and 77 minutes. That man Teixeria was involved again, playing in the arriving Berghuis on the edge of the box, to simply stroke home or he made it look simple anyways.

The final goal saw Berghuis display a phenomenal piece of skill. Goalkeeper Ruiter was caught out on the right side of his penalty area and Berghuis pinched the ball and lofted it perfectly into the goal over the rushing Willem II defence. Strong start for Advocaat’s Feyenoord who sit joint top with PSV and Heerenveen.

Moeizame zege PSV tegen Fortuna Sittard | RTL Nieuws
English striker Noni Madueke combined with Donyell Malen in PSV’s 2-0 victory at the Philips Stadion against Fortuna Sittard.

PSV climbed to the top with a routine 2-0 win over Fortuna Sittard which saw the highly-rated Mohamed Ihattaren relegated to the subs bench by coach Roger Schmidt. It has been widely discussed that the young midfielder is out of favour with Schmidt and that certainly seemed the case on Sunday afternoon, however the German coach claimed that Ihattaren had suffered a knock earlier in the week. Additionally, the 18-year-old did pull out of the Dutch national squad this weekend.

However, Schmidt’s men were in front early on through a Donyell Malen strike. Linking up well with new Israeli target man Eran Zahavi, Malen ran onto a ball from his colleague that split the Sittard defence and slotted home with ease.

The Eindhoven side had to wait for a second goal and the impressive Noni Madueke grabbed his second of the season five minutes from time. The Englishman replaced Zahavi on the hour mark and used his speed and power to finish off a bursting counter attack.

Waanzinnige comeback Sparta tijdens horrormiddag Bizot: 4-4
AZ stopper Marco Bizot received two yellows in Rotterdam and saw red.

Finally, AZ Alkmaar arrived in Rotterdam in poor form with just two draws from their two games, at home to PEC Zwolle and away at Fortuna Sittard. Arne Slot’s men must have thought their lucky was changing when they took an early lead against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

New signing Jesper Karlsson from Swedish Allsvenskan side Elfsborg, made an immediate impact with two assists in the first 15 minutes. The Swede whipped in a great ball to the back post for Zakaria Aboukhlal to catch out Sparta stopper Benjamin van Leer at this near post to head home after just nine minutes of play. The second came five minutes after with Karlsson linking up with Dani de Wit in the area to make it 2-0.

Slot must have been on cloud nine after it was 3-0 on 19 minutes, again with Aboukhlal scoring. Sparta pair Jeffrey Fortes and Bart Vriends got caught out passing in their own half with the young winger nicking the ball and finishing. The game looked done and dusted on 33 minutes when De Wit scored his second of the game to put AZ four goals ahead heading home a Fredrik Midtsjo long range free-kick.

However, it all then went wrong for the Alkmaar side when captain Teun Koopmeiners smashed a spot-kick off the crossbar before half-time. After Mica Pinto was punished for a handball by referee Danny Makkelie, the AZ talisman uncharacteristically placed his shot too high which missed the chance to make it 5-0. Then came the second half onslaught from Henk Fraser’s Sparta…

AZ goalkeeper Marco Bizot was penalised for an horrific error picking up his own goal-kick after he failed to meet Koopmeiners with his pass. Abdou Harroui blasted home the indirect free-kick on the edge of six yard box for a consolation goal… right? Wrong.

It was 4-2 after 64 minutes and full-back Dirk Abels wrong footed Bizot in goal with a long range effort but surely AZ was not going to let their four goal lead slip any further…?

Entering the last five minutes of the game, Marco Bizot saw his second yellow for a foul on Sparta’s Aaron Meijers and Makkelie awarded the Rotterdammers a spot-kick. Substitute keeper Hobie Verhulst had no chance with Lennart Thy’s conversion in the top right corner of the net. It was 4-3.

Disaster struck for AZ just a minute later when failed to clear their lines and Sven Mijnans hit a powerful low drive into the Verhulst’s left corner to dramatically clinch an unlikely point. A 4-4 all draw and once again Arne Slot must be thinking what is next as we all think how did this team push Ajax to the limit last year?

Major trouble in Alkmaar who head into the international break knowing that a win on the 17th October against VVV-Venlo is a must.

RESULTS

Friday 2nd October 2020

FC Utrecht 1-1 sc Heerenveen

Saturday 3rd October 2020

Vitesse 3-0 Heracles

RKC Waalwijk 0-0 PEC Zwolle

VVV-Venlo 1-2 ADO Den Haag

FC Twente 1-1 FC Emmen

Sunday 4th October 2020

FC Groningen 1-0 Ajax

Sparta Rotterdam 3-4 AZ Alkmaar

Willem 1-4 Feyenoord

PSV 2-0 Fortuna Sittard

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EREDIVISIE BET OF THE WEEK: Ajax to find it easy in Groningen

FC GRONINGEN vs. AJAX

Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion | Sunday 4th October 2020 | 11:15 GMT

UK TV – Premier Sports 2

Ajax have won three in three so far in the Eredivisie and Will Burns sees that continuing on Sunday morning.

Kudus Mohammed sets up match-winner for 10-man Ajax against Vitesse - Ghana  Latest Football News, Live Scores, Results - GHANAsoccernet
Antony and Mohammed Kudus have been impressive so far for Erik ten Hag’s Ajax.

The Amsterdammers, with the maximum nine points, had enough quality to see off the challenge of Vitesse last weekend, despite being down to ten men for the second half.

Defender Edson Alvarez was dismissed just before the break for a what was deemed a dangerous foul on Luis Openda. However, a goal from Brazilian wonderkid Antony grabbed all three points for Ajax after some great link-up play between the Brazilian and fellow newcomer Mohammed Kudus.

The pair have been a revelation in Erik ten Hag’s side so far and personally can’t wait to see them match up with the likes of PSV and Feyenoord, as well as Ajax’s upcoming Champions League mouthwatering ties against FC Midtjylland, Atalanta and Liverpool.

The hopes of FC Groningen were high in pre-season after signing Dutch legend Arjen Robben, however the 37-year-old went off injured in the opening game and they have failed to get to grips with the league this year.

They fell to a 3-1 defeat to PSV, before squeezing past ADO 1-0 and FC Twente stuck another three past this last weekend in a 3-1 defeat. I see Ajax pushing the Trots van het Noorden to the limit and we could easily see the Amsterdammers stick three of four past goalkeeper Sergio Padt.

PREDICTION

I cannot see anything but an win for Erik ten Hag’s men and with some ease. We need them to win by two clear goals (or more) for out bet here with is best priced at Boyle Sports, as of time of writing.

Ajax to win -1 (2.10 at Boyle Sports)

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Eerste Divisie Report – Week 5: Man City loanee helps NAC stay top of the pile

NAC Breda continues their tremendous form with their fifth win in five with the only 100% record in the division as 35 goals were exchanged in Week 5 of the Eerste Divisie. As always, Will Burns is here with a round-up of all the action.

NAC Breda op stoom in KKD: doelman Müller maakt geen indruk bij PSV-debuut  | VoetbalPrimeur.nl
Lewis Fiorini celebrates his goal as NAC Breda sit at the top of the Eerste Divisie.

NAC Breda still leads the pack on 15 points with a 2-1 win at home to Jong PSV on Saturday afternoon. Despite falling behind to an early Nigel Thomas goal, NAC equalised on eight minutes through Moreno Rutten. Although, Huseyin Dogen missed a penalty for the league leaders, Lewis Fiorini, a Scottish midfielder on loan from Manchester City wrapped up the win.

Almere City continued their winning ways defeating Helmond Sport by the 2-0 scoreline after Anass Ahannach and Delvechhio Blackson scored in the second half.

SC Cambuur hammered Jong Utrecht 5-2 and now sit joint third with Roda JC and Telstar in the league. Issa Kallon scored four times in the win with Michael Breij grabbing the other.

The aforementioned Telstar had the biggest win of the week defeating FC Den Bosch 6-1 on Monday evening. Both Sebastian Soto and Ilias Bronkhorst each scored a brace while Glynor Plet and Gyliano van Velzen added the remaining two goals.

Strangely enough, the Eerste Divisie’s top scorer Elias Mar Omarsson failed to keep his goal tally racking up as Excelsior were defeated 3-0 by Jong Ajax on Monday evening.

Full results below.

RESULTS

Friday 25th September

FC Dordrecht 2-0 Jong AZ

Almere City 2-0 Helmond Sport

SC Cambuur 5-2 Jong Utrecht

MVV Maastricht 3-0 TOP Oss

Saturday 26th September

NAC Breda 2-1 Jong PSV

Sunday 27th September

De Graafschap 2-0 N.E.C. Nijmegen

FC Volendam 0-0 Go Ahead Eagles

Monday 28th September

Jong Ajax 3-0 Excelsior

SC Telstar 6-1 FC Den Bosch

Tuesday 29th September

FC Eindhoven 3-3 Roda JC

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Four goal hero Issa Kallon of SC Cambuur.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

With four goals in Cambuur’s 5-2 win over Jong Utrecht, Issa Kallon of SC Cambuur is our Player of the Week award.

You can watch game by game highlights at the official YouTube page of the league by clicking here.

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EREDIVISIE TEAM OF THE WEEK – Ajax’s Antony is Braziliant!

Welcome to Total Dutch Football’s Team of the Week which leads into our 2020/21 Eredivisie Player of the Season Tournament.

Each player that is selected for the Team of the Week receives a point and the Player of the Week receives two more points. We count these up over the season and then award the player with the most points as the Player of the Season.

Read on to see who has been awarded the points for this week.

GOALKEEPER: Thorsten Kirschbaum (VVV)

The score could have been a lot worse for VVV against Heerenveen if the 33-year-old German stopper had not pulled off seven saves on Saturday evening.

DEFENDER: Sean Klaiber (FC Utrecht)

The full-back was influential in Utrecht’s 3-1 victory winning six of his seven challenges on the floor and an 85% passing accuracy.

DEFENDER: Yuta Nakayama (PEC Zwolle)

The Japanese defender headed home in the 4-0 win over Sparta and provided support at the other end winning five of the seven duels in the air.

DEFENDER: Marcos Senesi (Feyenoord)

A centre-back performing a sublime volleyed goal, unlucky not to win our POTW award this week for that alone.

DEFENDER: Philipp Max (PSV)

The German left-back makes another appearance in our TOTW and showed his spot-kick taking prowess in his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw away to Heracles.

MIDFIELDER: Clint Leemans (PEC Zwolle)

The former PSV youth supplied a goal and assist in his side 4-0 win over Henk Fraser’s Sparta. A total of 21 of his 25 passes met their target.

MIDFIELDER: Joey Veerman (sc Heerenveen)

Three weeks of Eredivisie football and three weeks Veerman makes the TOTW. Joey converted a penalty and frustrated VVV so much that two of them were dismissed for fouling the midfielder.

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Kudus and Antony celebrate Ajax’s winning goal.

MIDFIELDER: Mohamed Kudus (Ajax)

At just 18-year-old, Kudus continues to impress and providing an assist to fellow newcomer Antony and supplied an 88% passing accuracy rate in Ajax’s 2-1 win over Vitesse despite being down under ten men.

FORWARD: Vaclav Cerny (FC Twente)

A goal and an assist in Twente’s 3-1 Friday night win over FC Groningen and if it wasn’t for what looked to be an incorrect VAR decision, he could have been awarded another goal.

FORWARD: Zian Flemming (Fortuna Sittard)

The former Ajax youth signed for Fortuna in the summer from PEC Zwolle, Flemming has settled well in Sittard and notched twice in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against AZ including a 96th minute equaliser.

FORWARD: Antony (Ajax)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Well, well, well the young Brazilian was terrific in the 2-1 win over Vitesse, notching an excellent goal and skipped past five opponents in his six dribbling attempts. Provided three key passes, three out of three long ball efforts landed with a total of 85% successful passes. Well done young man – here’s our Player of the Week.

See the full standings table for the tournament at this link.

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Eredivisie Week 3 Report: Flemming stuck in AZ’s throat, Antony shines as Ajax sees red and PSV stutters

The third round of fixtures in the Eredivisie is in the books and Will Burns is on hand to report on all the action.

  • AZ’s woes continue as Fortuna-te Sittard grab late point
  • Despite being a man down, Antony and Mohammed Kudus excel once again for Ajax
  • PSV held to a 1-1 draw away to Heracles as Feyenoord smash four past ADO
FC Twente pakt drie punten én de koppositie in de eredivisie
Vaclav Cerny and Danilo celebrate Twente’s 3-1 win against Groningen.

FC Twente easily defeated FC Groningen by 3-1 on Friday evening thanks to goals from Vaclav Cerny, Danilo and substitute Alexander Jeremejeff.

Former Ajax forward Cerny opened the scoring on 22 minutes despite already having a goal ruled out for offside on 13 minutes with VAR’s assistance. It took the VAR officials numerous minutes to make a decision and all of the angles of the cameras looked as though Cerny was indeed onside.

Danilo added a second before half-time through yet another Eredivisie goalkeeping error from Sergio Padt. The ability for goalkeeper to pass the ball has been stressed by many managers in the Dutch top flight, however Sergio Padt added more evidence that this tactic should be avoided after he played the ball straight into the Brazilian’s feet to slot home from long range.

Swedish striker Jeremejeff, a summer signing from German side Dynamo Dresden, slotted home a third to wrap up the victory that leaves Twente undefeated after three games and Groningen sitting with just three points from three outings.

PEC Zwolle pakt eerste winst tegen geplaagd tiental Sparta - FCUpdate.nl
Reza Ghoochannejhad celebrates the first of his two goals in PEC’s 4-0 win over Sparta.

Sparta Rotterdam‘s woes continued with a 4-0 humping away to PEC Zwolle on Saturday afternoon. Henk Fraser’s men are yet to even score a goal in the Eredivisie this season and sit afoot of the standings.

It was quite the even game at MAC³PARK stadium until Mica Pinto was dismissed by referee Allard Lindhout after the Portuguese defender handballed on the line. Reza Ghoochannejhad converted the spot kick in first-half stoppage time.

The Iranian made it 2-0 soon after the restart before Clint Leemans made it 3-0 on 54 minutes. Japanese centre-back Yuta Nakayama completed the rout heading home from a corner to make it four on 71 minutes. Sparta head back to Rotterdam with their third defeat in as many games.

Fortuna Sittard AZ 3-3, gol e highlights di EREDIVISIE OLANDESE | Sky Sport
AZ blew a 3-1 lead in Sittard.

I talked in the season preview about how AZ Alkmaar had now joined Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord as the Eredivisie’s “Big Four” now but at this early stage in the season, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This past Saturday, they drew 3-3 away to Fortuna Sittard and looked a shadow of their former selves that pushed Ajax to the limit last season. The pressure on Arne Slot and the team was mounting up as they conceded within 10 minutes through a long range strike from Zian Flemming. The 22-year-old ghosted through the midfield and the AZ defenders failed to close him down as he planted a perfect shot past Marco Bizot.

Dani de Wit equalised on 23 minutes and AZ pressed for another goal before the break but with winger Zakaria Aboukhlal going close and the usually prolific Myron Boadu missed a sitter and the sides went into half-time all square.

On 52 minutes, AZ took the lead as Teun Koopmeiners took advantage of a Aleksei Coselev mistake before a Branislav Ninaj error looked to give AZ the points. He dwelled on the ball in his own half and ended up getting robbed by De Wit, who carried the ball towards goal. As Coselev closed the ball down, De Wit played to Boadu who tapped home on 70 minutes. Which all but cement the win for Slot’s men… right?

No, Fortuna failed to give up and Emil Hansson grabbed a goal for the hosts ten minutes before the end before dramatically Flemming caught Bizot out at his near post five minutes into stoppage which sent the 3,000 fans in attendance into raptures. AZ return home with just a point and Slot and his staff must be wondering – where did it all go wrong?

Photo: Heerenveen keeps perfect score, worries about Veerman
Joey Veerman limps off after a bad challenge from Simon Janssen.

Joey Veerman continued his fine form as he converted a penalty to score the only goal of the game in sc Heerenveen‘s win over VVV-Venlo, however Joey’s game was not all rosy.

The midfielder suffered two fouls that earned VVV players red cards and the second forced him to leave the field with a knock. Tobias Pachniok (63) and Simon Janssen (79) were given straight reds as the visitors ended the match with only nine men.

Ajax boekt met tiental zwaarbevochten zege op Vitesse en blijft koploper |  NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl
Antony and Mohammed Kudus celebrate Ajax’s winner against Vitesse.

Ajax had a scare at the Johan Cruijyff Arena against Vitesse and also experienced a dismissal as Pol van Boekel gave Edson Alvarez his marching orders near the end of the first half for two consecutive fouls on Maximillian Wittek and Luis Openda. The latter foul included a stamp from Alvarez which was picked up by VAR and the red card was issued.

The visitors started the game well going close through Belgian striker Openda after three minutes but it was Ajax who found themselves in the lead after 21 minutes of play. Quincy Promes finished a swift Amsterdammers’ counter attack but Vitesse continued to play some good football and levelled up after the sending off.

Riechedly Bazoer came back to haunt his former employees on 56 minutes smashing a ball into the roof of the net from just inside the box. As the home crowd whistled, Bazoer celebrated emphatically.

Although celebrations were cut short as Ajax put a smile back on the crowd’s faces with a goal from Brazilian Antony, which capped off a phenomenal performance from the summer signing from Sao Paulo. Another signee Mohammed Kudus carried the ball powerfully up the field and played Antony in on the left side and the winger smashed home a finish first time to take the lead.

The combination of Kudus and Antony are incredibly impressive and one wonders if anyone will actually remember the losses of Hakim Ziyech and Donny van der Beek come the end of the season. These two boys are some talents, not only are they replacements for the players that have moved on, they could prove to be improvements within the next nine months.

Mirá el espectacular gol de chilena de Marcos Senesi – Bajo Siete Llaves
An unlikely source of goals, Marcos Senesi, scissor-kicks past Luuk Koopmans to make it 3-2 to Feyenoord.

On Sunday, Feyenoord and ADO Den Haag clashed in the early kick-off with the Rotterdammers coming out on top by four goals to two. The visitors took the lead as Jonas Arweiler took advantage of a Lutsharel Geertruida error to smash a post past Justin Bijlow from close range. The young full-back swiped at a ball looped into the area and missed it completely and it fell lovely for the German to hit home.

The score was level at half-time as Geertruida turned zero to hero and scored his first senior goal on 27 minutes heading home a Steven Berghuis corner. In the second half, Argentine defender Marcos Senesi got the hosts ahead with a piece of sublime finishing. A corner was in danger of being cleared before the ball perfectly landed to the Argentine to scissor kick over Luuk Koopmans in the ADO goal.

The De Kuip raptures were silenced on 66 minutes when Bijlow brought down Arweiler in the area but the German hit a poor penalty that was easy for Bijlow to save. However, VAR reaction was that the keeper came off his line too early and Shaquille Pinas stepped up for the retake to make it 2-2.

Two minutes later, Luciano Narsingh made it 3-2 and a Steven Berghuis penalty kick cemented the 4-2 win at De Kuip. The win has Dick Advocaat’s side in third on seven points behind Ajax and Heerenveen.

Ajax and Heerenveen top Eredivisie after PSV drop points in Almelo -  DutchNews.nl
A Philipp Max penalty spared PSV from defeat.

PSV stumbled to a 1-1 draw away to Heracles in a disappointing performance from Roger Schmidt’s side. Just over 3,000 spectators were socially distancing in the Erve Asito and gave PSV’s “dodgy keeper” Yvon Mvogo some stick every time he got a touch of the ball after his past fortnight of errors.

The hosts were awarded a penalty after a “hand-ball” from Nick Viergever, in which a ball hit him on the shoulder. VAR reviewed it and gave it and former PSV youth player Rai Vloet scored against his old club. Schmidt made the brave decision of a triple substitute at half-time and PSV were awarded of a penalty of their own on 50 minutes.

Sub Noni Madueke was tripped by Teun Bijleveld and German left-back Philipp Max hammered it low in the left corner to tie the game. Despite, the Eindhoven side’s efforts for a winner it was Frank Wormuth’s Heracles that kept the Mvogo busy.

The semi-forgiven Sylvester van der Water, who tried to push a move to the MLS and Orlando City last week… yes you read that right, got a run out and nearly found a way through to grab a winner. Don’t worry Sylvester, Disneyland is closed at the moment.

FC Emmen and Willem II also played out a 1-1 draw with the hosts taking the lead through Michael de Leeuw after just five minutes of play. Vangelis Pavlidis unselfishly played in Tresor to level the game in the 13th minute and that’s where the scoring concluded although Emmen finished the game with ten men after Glenn Bijl picked up two yellow cards.

RKC are still looking for their first points of the season after FC Utrecht defeated Fred Grim’s men by 3-1. Utrecht looked a class above their counterparts throughout but took 40 minutes to break the deadlock, Mimoun Mahi tapping home Django Warmerdam’s low cross from the left wing.

However, RKC grabbed an leveller just before the hour mark with Romanian striker Vitalie Damascan, loaned in from Serie A side Torino, silencing the Utrecht fans with a strong finish from a rapid counter attack.

After many attempts to grab the lead again, Utrecht’s Gyrano Kerk got his side back in the lead on 74 minutes before a Sander van der Streek header finished RKC off with a third five minutes from time. RKC joined ADO and Sparta at the foot of the table with no points from three games.

RESULTS

Friday 25th September 2020

FC Twente 3-1 FC Groningen

Saturday 26th September 2020

PEC Zwolle 4-0 Sparta Rotterdam

Fortuna Sittard 3-3 AZ Alkmaar

sc Heerenveen 1-0 VVV-Venlo

Ajax 2-1 Vitesse

Sunday 27h September 2020

Feyenoord 4-2 ADO Den Haag

FC Utrecht 3-1 RKC Waalwijk

Heracles 1-1 PSV

FC Emmen 1-1 Willem II

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Europa League Preview & Betting Tips – Willem II vs. Rangers

WILLEM II vs. RANGERS

Koning Willem II Stadion | Thursday 24th September | 20:00 GMT

UK TV: Rangers TV

The next stage of Europa League qualifying does not get any easier for Adrie Koster’s Willem II as Scottish giants Rangers and Stevie Gerrard roll into Tilburg this Thursday night writes Will Burns.

Until this past weekend when they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Hibernian, Rangers have impressed this season domestically. They failed to concede a goal in the Scottish Premiership in seven games in a row which broke a 114-year record. Despite a goal-less draw away to Livingston, Gerrard’s men won each of their seven games prior to this past Sunday contest at Easter Road.

When you look at their opponents until they let a goal in, they played Aberdeen (1-0), St. Mirren (3-0), St. Johnstone (3-0), Livingston (0-0), Kilmarnock (2-0), Hamilton Academicals (2-0) and Dundee United (4-0). In addition, they blasted Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps by a 5-0 scoreline. However, looking at each of those opponents, are they seriously on par with Willem II.

Well, I think not. I have watched a lot of Rangers this year and I see Adrie Koster’s team capable of notching a goal. Against Hibs, the back four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Borna Barisic failed to pick up on Drey Wright on Sunday as he slotted home well inside the area.

For the Tilburgers, the past two games have seen them score nine goals without reply, however against opposition less likely to cause them as much trouble as Rangers could on Thursday night. Last week, Progress Niederkorn saw five sail in as Heracles lost 4-0 and one man on the scoresheet both games were Greek goalgetter Vangelis Pavlidis.

Willem II-spits Pavlidis lust Rangers rauw: 'De Grieken zijn on fire' |  Voetbal | Telegraaf.nl
Greek goal machine Vangelis Pavlidis is the Willem II’s biggest threat in front of goal.

I see the Greek international as being Rangers main worry especially when you see the ease of Christian Doidge rising above Helander at the back post on Sunday for Hibs second goals. Pavlidis has scored a brace in both games this past week and had one ruled offside in the opening game against Heerenveen.

Can Willem II defeat Rangers, I am unsure, but I feel they’ll get a goal and Pavlidis is the man to get it.

PREDICTION

Pavlidis has scored four goals in the last two games and Willem II are superior opponents to the usual teams that Rangers run out against. At over 2/1 at Betfair and Paddy Power, I see that as being our best chances for profit in this match.

Vangelis Pavlidis to score (3.10 at Betfair/Paddy Power)

Good luck if you’re betting.

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Eerste Divisie Report – Week 4

Almere City and NAC Breda fired themselves to the top of the Eerste Divisie and TOP Oss and FC Dordrecht finally clinched their first point, Will Burns is here with a round-up of all the action.

Young AZ humiliates De Graafschap: ten goals in a crazy match
De Graafschap’s star striker Ralf Seuntjens suffered an horrendous ankle injury in the 7-3 defeat to Jong AZ.

Jong AZ were the biggest winners of the week defeating De Graafschap by a wild 7-3 scoreline on Monday evening. The highly-rated duo of Moahmed Taabouni and Zakaria Aboukhlal both scored a brace while Thijs Oosting, Hakon Evjen and Tijani Reijnders grabbed the other goals for Alkmaar’s B side.

De Graafschap replied three times with Ralf Seuntjens, Elmo Lieftink and Daryl van Mieghem replying to no avail. Unfortunately for Seuntjens, he left the game on a stretcher due to an ankle injury. After the final whistle, head coach Mike Snoei stated the injury was “bad, it’s very bad.”. Worrying news for the side from Doetinchem.

Roda JC were impressive on Friday night smashing four past FC Dordrecht goalkeeper Anthony Swolfs. De Koempels began the scoring through an 34th minute Ronald Alberg penalty and Jordy Crouz added a second a minute later. Goals from Amir Absalem and Stefano Marzo rounded out the scoring in the 4-0 rout.

Sydney van Hoojidonk managed to nab another goal on Monday night in NAC Breda’s 2-0 win over Jong Utrecht. Nick Venema netted the other goal as Breda climbed back over Almere City to top the division.

Almere temporarily sat in first place with their 1-0 win away at N.E.C. Nijmegen with a goal from central defender Damon Mirani.

Full results below.

RESULTS

Friday 18th September

Helmond Sport 0-1 FC Volendam

Jong PSV 1-2 FC Eindhoven

Go Ahead Eagles 0-3 Jong Ajax

Roda JC 4-0 FC Dordrecht

Saturday 19th September

TOP Oss 2-2 SC Cambuur

Sunday 20th September

N.E.C. Nijmegen 0-1 Almere City

Monday 21st September

Jong AZ 7-3 De Graafschap

Jong Utrecht 0-2 NAC Breda

Tuesday 22nd September

Excelsior 1-2 sc Telstar

FC Den Bosch 2-0 MVV Maastricht

Jong AZ geeft titelkandidaat De Graafschap oplawaai (7-3) | NOS
Jong AZ starlet Zakaria Aboukhlal is knocking on Arne Slot’s door.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

With two goals and a hat-trick of assists, Zakaria Aboukhlal of Jong AZ is wins our Player of the Week award.

You can watch game by game highlights at the official YouTube page of the league by clicking here.

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Huddersfield Town will bask-in Carel’s talents

Yes it’s a ‘Tiger King’ pun but Will Burns suggests that Huddersfield Town have captured a good cat from Ajax in Carel Eiting.

News emerged this weekend that a deal to take young Ajax midfielder Carel Eiting to English Championship side Huddersfield Town was finally completed and the 22-year-old will spend the season in Yorkshire.

Eiting will head straight into The Terriers squad for Friday night’s home clash against Nottingham Forest and he must be in contention to make his debut. The defensive midfielder should be a big hit in England and the pace and feracious nature of the English second tier should fit Eiting’s style.

Eiting is a left-footed deep playmaker who possesses tremendous versatility – similar to Daley Blind. Naturally a midfielder, he has been known to sit in at left-back, left wing-back, an advanced attacking midfielder role and even at the heart of the defence. Although, he may struggle at centre-half in England if he were to play there due to the physical nature of the forwards.

Carel Eiting is níét de nieuwe Remco Evenepoel, maar heeft wél een goed  verhaal | Wielrennen | AD.nl

In midfield or at left-back he can excel. He has great technical ability with a wide range of passing at his disposal. Although he only appear in six Eredivisie games in the curtailed season for Ajax, he achieved a 94% passing accuracy in his own half and 75% in the oppositions.

Despite standing at just 5ft 8 inches, he is carries great strength to carry the ball through the tightest of spaces and muscle many off the ball to intercept when not in possession. His power gives him strength in the tackle and he is not afraid to stick his foot in, a trait that will win many fans at The John Smith’s Stadium.

Creatively, expect Eiting to float to left side of the pitch when in possession and whip a ball from deep into the penalty area. However, for Huddersfield’s Carlos Corberan, their new coach, its Eiting’s aforementioned versatility that makes him an asset for the team that are yet to win a game this season.

Corberan’s men are adjusting to playing a new style with many new recruits and are yet to score a goal in the three competitive games this season. Eiting will be aiming to make an instant improvement to those results this Friday, but goal scoring is not his forte. Although, his team mates might see their roles freed to press forward with his addition to the eleven.

The future is unknown for Carel, his first aim is to overcome the bad luck of the past few seasons with injuries and get some time on the pitch under his belt. A player that can play in many positions comfortably is a raritery and he could be an asset for the future of Ajax.

Although, the willingness to allow Eiting to go out on loan seems to be a suggestion that the Amsterdammers would be willing to allow his career to progress elsewhere.

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EREDIVISIE TEAM OF THE WEEK – Christian Kum claims award as Brighton loanee shines

Welcome to Total Dutch Football’s Team of the Week which leads into our 2020/21 Eredivisie Player of the Season Tournament.

Each player that is selected for the Team of the Week receives a point and the Player of the Week receives two more points. We count these up over the season and then award the player with the most points as the Player of the Season.

Read on to see who has been awarded the points for this week.

GOALKEEPER: Joel Drommel (FC Twente)

Earned his side a point and nearly grabbed all three saving Steven Berghuis’ first spot-kick.

DEFENDER: Jan-Paul van Hecke (sc Heerenveen)

The young defender on-loan from Brighton and Hove Albion put in a solid debut in the 3-1 away win in Sittard claiming five interceptions and winning 6 balls in the air.

Our Player of the Week Christian Kum (VVV) stops Mimoun Mahi in his tracks.

DEFENDER: Christian Kum (VVV-Venlo)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Despite being a 35-year-old, Kum put in a performance that saved claimed VVV a point on Friday evening. A total of 11 clearances, four blocked shots, three interceptions and a clearance off the line sees the veteran claims Player of the Week.

DEFENDER: Riechedly Bazoer (Vitesse)

The former Ajax midfielder is excelling in his new central defensive role in Arnhem. In Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sparta, Bazoer stuck his foot in and produced a 94% accurate pass percentage with four key passes and created two big chances. He also managed to nab himself a shot on target too. Unlucky not to win our POTW award this week. A close second.

DEFENDER: Philipp Max (PSV)

The German left-back is impressing everyone in Eindhoven and was involved in both goals in his side’s 2-1 win over Emmen. He was sadly involved in Emmen’s goals (Mvogo’s blunder) but we can’t blame for that but he might think twice about playing the ball to the Swiss keeper in future.

MIDFIELDER: Oussama Tannane (Vitesse)

Tannane announced himself to the Arnhem faithful with a sublime performance in the 2-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam topped with a wonderful long-range free-kick smashed in with unreal techinque.

MIDFIELDER: Joey Veerman (sc Heerenveen)

After being close to the Player of the Week award last week, young Joey Veerman continued his good form with his second appearance in our #TOTW in as many weeks. He converted a penalty and again was inspirational for his side’s win. Accurate with 10 of his 15 long balls was incredibly noticeable as well getting his foot in when it mattered.

Mohammed Kudus wins man of the match award in Ajax win
Ajax have seem to discovered another phenomenal talent in Mohamed Kudus.

MIDFIELDER: Mohamed Kudus (Ajax)

The 18-year-old Ghanaian/Norwegian enjoyed his first experience of the Johan Cruijff Arena with a ‘Man of the Match’ display against RKC Waalwijk. Ajax look like they have a jem on their hands once again.

FORWARD: Vangelis Pavlidis (Willem II)

Two goals in the 4-0 win over Heracles. Standard behaviour from the Greek striker.

FORWARD: Henk Veerman (sc Heerenveen)

The big man showed unique skill for his goal this weekend and assisted another with great forward thinking. Looks like he’s settled back in at Heerenveen already.

FORWARD: Dusan Tadic (Ajax)

The usual suspects are amongst the goals already and the Serb completes the eleven this week. A superb piece of technique shown for his goal in the 3-0 win over RKC. Not only lethal in front of goal, Tadic created some big chances to extend the lead in Amsterdam on Sunday.

See the full standings table for the tournament at this link.

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Eredivisie Week 2 Report: PSV get lucky, Ajax make RKC’s weekend grim and Van Der Water is a drip!

Well the second week of the Eredivisie had it’s moments and Will Burns is back to review the weekend’s happenings.

  • Despite another Yvon Mvogo mishap, PSV overcome Emmen
  • Willem II continue their goal scoring exploits versus Heracles
  • Ajax stroll past the challenge of RKC Waalwijk
LIVE | VVV via Hupperts al na acht minuten op voorsprong tegen FC Utrecht |  Foto | AD.nl
Guus Hupperts grabbed his first goal for VVV on Friday night.

The action started with the first Friday night game of the season with VVV-Venlo, hot off their eight goals thriller against FC Emmen last weekend hosting FC Utrecht who were appearing in their opening game of the season.

Utrecht were due to play AZ Alkmaar in the opening round of fixtures last weekend, but the KNVB postponed the game to help AZ prepare for the Champions League qualifier against Dynamo Kyiv, which looked to do AZ anything but a favour.

Venlo took the lead after just eight minutes with Guus Hupperts opening his account for his new side, tapping home from close range after last week’s three goals hero Georgios Giakoumakis whipped a ball into the Utrecht box.

The game finished 1-1 however after Sean Klaiber leveled for the visitors in the 58th minute after some good line-up play between Klaiber, Minoum Mahi and Gyrano Kerk. Despite either side trying to breach each other’s goal the game ended all square.

PSV escaped with a 2-1 win at the Philips Stadion against FC Emmen on Saturday evening. On 21 minutes, things were going well for PSV as youngster Noni Madueke tapped home in the six yard box, getting on the end of a Philipp Max cross.

Usually, the heavens would open in Eindhoven and the goals would flow, however, this what not the case. Emmen pressed and forced Swiss goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo into some decent stops but the new stopper would be at fault for the second week in a row.

Mvogo, with the help of his defence, were caught out last week and conceded a poor goal to Groningen after an exchange of passes in their own area. A big defensive no-no. This week, the keeper found himself purely to blame. He was brought in by the club as a sweeper keeper and his passing and ball control was lauded by the staff at the club. Although, a simple backpass from Max caught Mvogo out and in pure Peter Enckelman style, the ball sailed into the goal with just seven minutes to go.

However, PSV’s blushes (and the keeper’s) were spared as Argentine substitute Maxi Romero headed home four minutes into injury time to take all three points. After the ball hit the net, the TV cameras focused on Mvogo to show his relieved face. The keeper definitely owes the young Argentine a post-match pint of Bavaria at the club house.

Arne Slot’s AZ Alkmaar continued what was a bad week for the week with a 1-1 draw at home to PEC Zwolle. AZ crashed out of the Champions League last Tuesday away to Dynamo Kyiv in a lacklustre display by the Alkmaar side.

On Saturday, the week got worse as Calvin Stengs was dismissed by referee Serdar Gözübüyük on just 17th minutes for a high tackle from behind on Kenneth Paal. Although the incident took place three minutes later, VAR gave the ref the advice to send the winger off.

By half-time, Slot had a further headache as his side found themselves a goal down with Clint Leemans put Zwolle ahead on 38 minutes with a looping shot from the outside of the box that chipped Marco Bizot in goal.

Myron Boadu got the ten-men level in the second half finishing off a parry from Michael Zetterer from a Tijani Reijnders shot. Boadu failed to hit it cleanly which stranded the goalkeeper. Zwolle found themselves a man down near to full-time with Thomas Lam being given his marching orders.

The Finnish defender was involved in a scuffle with AZ striker Ferdy Druijf which saw the young striker lose his “man card” after a horrendous piece of over-acting relating to a meek kick he received from Lam. Shame on you Ferdy Druijf!

Vitesse got their season in the Gelredome underway with a 2-0 win against Henk Fraser’s Sparta Rotterdam. They took the lead from a wonderful long-range free-kick from Oussama Tannane that got the 4,914 attendance to their feet.

Before half-time Sparta had a mountain to climb as Belgian defender Michael Heylen was dismissed for his second yellow card. on 42 minutes. On-loan striker Armando Broja (borrowed from Chelsea) cemented the win eight minutes from time, tapping in a rebound from close range.

Heerenveen voorlopig aan kop na zege in Sittard, Vitesse klopt tiental  Sparta | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl
Heerenveen clinch win two out of two.

sc Heerenveen continued their winning ways, making it two victories from two with a 3-1 away win against Fortuna Sittard with the Friesland side scoring three goals in 19 minutes in the first half.

Oliver Batista Maier open the scoring on 15 minutes after a Henk Veerman layoff in the area. It was 2-0 after Maier was brought down by Roel Janssen and Joey Veerman converted. The third came from big Henk who showed a great bit of skill to convert from a Arjen van den Heide pass.

The young winger played the ball into the big man and Henk controlled, backheeled himself into space to smash the ball into the roof of the net. Sittard defender Branislav Ninaj was turned inside out. Johnny Jansen’s men could have extended their lead but it was Sittard that got a goal back through former QPR striker Sebastian Polter.

FC Groningen got their season back on track with a 1-0 away win against ADO Den Haag on Sunday morning. Despite the absence of Arjen Robben, who was injured last weekend, an own goal from Shaquille Pinas on 23 minutes was enough to send the Green and White Army home the victors.

Dick Advocaat’s Feyenoord were held to a 1-1 draw against FC Twente in De Kuip. Former Ajax forward Vaclav Cerny shocked the Rotterdammers scoring after a Queensy Menig stole the ball from Marc Diemers inside the area. The ball fell to Danilo and the Brazilian flicked onto Cerny after just 99 seconds.

The game was 1-1 before half-time through Steven Berghuis penalty, which was his second of the game. Young left-back Jayden Oosterwolde showed his immaturity by pulling down Lutsharel Geertruida in the area. Berghuis stepped up and saw the spot-kick saved by Joel Drommel. While sprinting to hammer home the rebound, Julio Pleguezuelo slid in and fouled Berghis for another penalty to be awarded. The strange collection of events ended with Berghuis notching the second penalty.

Feyenoord pressed for a winner but to no avail as Ron Jans’s side left Rotterdam with a point and Advocaat’s men join AZ off the pace from Ajax and PSV at this early stage. Early days indeed, but pressure is on for both teams not to slip up in any games in the near future.

Rangers face tough task keeping on fire Vangelis Pavlidis quiet vs Willem  II | Rangers News
Vangelis Pavilidis opened his account with a double on Sunday versus Heracles.

Heracles suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away to Willem II. The Almelo side were rocked on Saturday evening by Silvester van der Water texting head coach Frank Wormuth that he would not be available for the match. The reason: his displeasure with clashes between his agent and the club not being able to agree a deal that would allow to winger to join MLS side Orlando City. A million dollar football talent, with a ten cent brain. Good luck with that attitude kid!

With the preparation potentially for the game out of the window for Wormuth, it certainly looked to be the case as Willem II, who scored five midweek against Europa League opponents Progres Niederkorn, scored four second-half goals.

Greek striker, as standard, was amongst the goals notching twice on 46 and 84 minutes with Gorkem Saglam and debutant John Yeboah, signing from Wolfsburg last week, getting the other goals.

Met Mohammed Kudus heeft Ajax er een nieuwe publiekslieveling bij | Trouw
Ajax’s man of the match, Mohamed Kudus.

Finally, Ajax dispatched RKC Waalwijk with ease in the last game of the weekend with a 3-0 victory. The 9,800 attendance did not have to wait for the first goal in the Johan Cruijff Arena as Dusan Tadic (who else?) notched after just ten minutes of play.

A Qunicy Promes shot was blocked by the RKC defence but fell perfectly for the Serbian to flick the ball home. After a Zakaria Labyad goal was chalked off by VAR on three minutes later, the midfielder did get his goal in the 34th minute to send Ajax in at half-time two goals to the good.

New signing Mohammed Kudus slotted the ball over to Noussair Mazraoui on the right wing who crossed for Labyad for the 2-0. In the second half, Luuk Wouters harshly saw red for RKC after a VAR decision that he felled Labyad while he was through on goal. Although the midfielder was actually sandwiched between two men before crumbling to the ground, Wouters took the fall.

Soon after, Erik ten Hag’s side finished the scoring through a Lisandro Martinez header from a Tadic cross. That’s two wins from two for the Amsterdammers and two defeats in a row for Fred Grim’s RKC Waalwijk.

RESULTS

Friday 18th September 2020

VVV-Venlo 1-1 FC Utrecht

Saturday 19th September 2020

AZ Alkmaar 1-1 PEC Zwolle

Vitesse 2-0 Sparta Rotterdam

PSV 2-1 FC Emmen

Fortuna Sittard 1-3 sc Heerenveen

Sunday 20th September 2020

ADO 0-1 FC Groningen

Feyenoord 1-1 FC Twente

Willem II 4-0 Heracles

Ajax 3-0 RKC Waalwijk

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Eredivisie Saturday – Double Dutch Betting Tips

After being let down last week by Willem II (not scoring against Heerenveen, but managed to bang five in mid-week! Grrrr!), Will Burns has picked himself up, dusted off and selected a ‘Double Dutch’ bet for this weekend’s games.

VITESSE vs. SPARTA ROTTERDAM

Gelredome | Saturday 19th September | 17:45 GMT

Vitesse got off to great start last weeknd with an opening day 1-0 win away to relegation favourites RKC Waalwijk. Their opening home game see Henk Fraser’s Sparta Rotterdam roll into Arnhem and the head coach has a good record against Vitesse, a team he managed in 2016 for two years.

In the past six head-to-head clashes with the Vitas, he racked up two wins and three draws, losing just once, however it is goals is where we are looking for part one of the Double Dutch, because of course my motto is… HISTORY MEANS NOTHING!

On week one, Sparta hosted Ajax and alhough they were defeated 1-0 (and the Amsterdammers were down to ten men in the first half), it was a valiant performance that could have seen the oldest club in the Netherlands.

Sparta forced 14 shots at Andre Onana in the Ajax goal, although only three landed on target, but this included eight shots inside the area. They managed to create the chances and I see them creating many against Vitesse on Saturday night.

Vitesse on the other hand managed to get six of their 17 shots on target and hit the back of the net with one. At home, at the Gelredome, despite minimal fans or not… they should see plenty chances too.

I predict a shootout!

PREDICTION

We don’t have much of a dataset to go off but I think this is a good play. Vitesse conceded a goal in all but one of their pre-season games, while scoring in each one, and they played seven of them. As for Sparta, Henk Fraser’s men scored and conceeded in four of their last four warm-up games.

I can see both notching here.

Both Teams to Score (1.61 at bet365)

PSV vs. FC EMMEN

Phillips Stadion | Saturday 19th September | 19:00 GMT

I really like this game for goals on Saturday evening as PSV Eindhoven, under Roger Schmidt face FC Emmen in their opening home game in Eindhoven.

FC Emmen were a proper Jeckyl and Hyde last weekend, going 2-0 up at home to VVV-Venlo then forgot how to defend conceding five losing 5-3 by the full-time whistle was blown.

Anyone thinking FC Emmen can contain Donyell Malen, Cody Gakpo (read more about him here) and youngster Noni Madueke, who is set to start now that Sam Lammers has secured his move to Serie A side Atalanta, are mad. I can see PSV dominating in this encounter, winning by a few goals.

PREDICTION

Emmen conceded five last weekend at home to VVV-Venlo. PSV are back at the Philips Stadion in Roger Schmidt’s first competitive game, I see the lads from Eindhoven smashing the underdogs for a few goals but let’s play safe and take -1 on the handicap.

If PSV win by two clear goals, we win.

PSV -1.5 (1.55 at Bet365)

Week two of Double Dutch. Let’s see if the two picks below romp in this weekend. it is best priced at bet365, good luck if you’re betting and most of all, enjoy the games.

Vitesse-Sparta Both Teams to Score and PSV -1 vs. FC Emmen (2.50 at Bet365)

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Eredivisie Bet Of The Week: Back PSV’s Cody to continue form against Emmen

Welcome to a new feature, the Eredivisie Bet Of The Week. Will Burns selects his best bet for the weekend’s action and we take our first venture into the goalscorer markets.

PSV vs. FC EMMEN

Phillips Stadion | Saturday 19th September | 19:00 GMT

So PSV pulled off a great result away to FC Groningen last weekend and will be looking to do a carbon copy to last campaign where they went nine games without defeat in the league, winning seven.

This weekend they face a home opener against FC Emmen and last weekend they conceded five goals at home to VVV-Venlo so I can see PSV breaching the Emmen with ease on Saturday evening (7pm BST kick-off)

One man that has impressed me since he was a youngster in the U19’s and Jong PSV is Cody Gakpo and what a start to the season he has made. The winger scored a double in last week’s 3-1 win and in pre-season scored four in five warm-up games against FC Uerdingen, Vitesse, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hertha Berlin.

I looked at the goalscorer markets and Bet365 have him priced up at a high 2.60 to score anytime. Get on that for our Eredivisie Bet of the Week.

BET OF THE WEEK: Cody Gakpo to score anytime (2.60 at bet365)

Keep your eyes open for our Double Dutch bet for Sunday’s games.

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